Food Reviews

Review: The Windsor Castle Inn, Lye

From print works to gastro pub, Mark Andrews finds The Windsor Castle’s pledge to serve up tasty grub with a Black Country twist is true to its word.

Review: The Royal Forester, Bewdley

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So if you were asked to name the best restaurant in Britain, what would it be? The Ivy? Scott’s in Mayfair? The Foyer at Claridge’s? Or how about your local?

Simpsons, Birmingham

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Rating ***** Christmas shopping done? Then it’s time to treat youself, writes Andy Richardson. And there’s nowhere better than Simpsons. It’s simply stunning.

Review: Blue Piano, Birmingham

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Expect the unexpected when you visit Blue Piano, a restaurant serving authentic South East Asian food in colonial elegance writes Emily Bridgewater.

The Queens, Belbroughton

The Queens at Belbroughton

Rating: **** With top chef Andy Waters at the helm, this Belbroughton pub really is the Queen of the bite. Emily Bridgewater heads over for Sunday lunch

Review: King and Thai, Broseley

Starter for ten – the generous Thai platter for two featured prawn toast, satay chicken, vegetable spring rolls and pork meatballs Pictures by Andy Richardson

Rating: **** Award-winning Thai chef Suree Coates serves up authentic, locally-sourced food from her homeland to grateful diners.

Byzantium, Birmingham

Small, but perfectly formed – tapas including patas bravas, chorizo and chickpeas, tortilla and halloumi salad. Pictures by Steve Leath.

Rating: *** How does a girlie catch-up over tasty tapas and wine sound? Er, yes please, says our Emily Bridgewater, as she takes a trip to Byzantium.

Turners, Harborne

Inside Turners at Harborne

Rating ***** Richard Turner is the chef with fire in his belly and his passion shows in the exceptional food he serves at a great price, writes Andy Richardson.

Five Rivers À La Carte, Walsall

Yes, this is Walsall - Fire Rivers A La Carte is a contemporary, stylish restaurant near Walsall town centre

Rating: **** Walsall isn’t known as a fine dining hotspot, but that could all be about to change if a visit to Five Rivers is anything to go by, writes Elizabeth Joyc.

Wombourne Tandoori

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The battle for the crown of best curry house in Wombourne is simply too close to call, writes Tim Spiers.